Undefeated My Lordship came up with another sterling performance, this time in the inaugural $109,500 Hill 'n' Dale Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Woodbine.
Max Pearson's Lady of the Future won the $100,000 James Penny Memorial Handicap by the narrowest of noses following a stirring stretch duel with My Glare Farm's Where We Left Off Saturday at Philadelphia Park.
Trainer Steve Asmussen became the first horseman to notch 500 career wins at Lone Star Park, when Star of Caveat won Saturday's first race at the Grand Prairie, Texas racetrack.
California-based Toasted, owned by Chicago businessman Sidney L. Port, lived up to his advance billing as the horse to beat in Saturday's $200,000 Arlington Classic (gr. IIT) with a 3 1/4-length victory at Arlington Park.
Favored Pohave, ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza, rolled to a three-quarters of a length victory in the $300,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday at Hollywood Park for his first grade I triumph.
Overlooked in a field boasting strong international favor, Southern California-based Ticker Tape blew off the final turn with gusto to run down pacesetting Western Hemisphere and favored Dance in the Mood in the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf Saturday.
Request for Parole, a horse plagued by traffic problems in his recent races, had no such difficulties Saturday with hot-riding Edgar Prado in the irons, winning the $750,000 United Nations (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park.
Edmund A. Gann's Peace Rules gamely outdueled Funny Cide and then held off Newfoundland to win Saturday's 118th running of the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park in New York.
Very Un Stables Quantum Merit moved up in class with success Saturday with an upset victory over more highly regarded Perfect Soul and Senor Swinger in the Firecracker Breeders Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
Ed Friendly's favored Friendly Michelle got a perfect stalking trip with Corey Nakatani in the saddle and bounded away from speedy Forest Music in the stretch for a convincing win in the $250,000 Prioress (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Saturday.
New Zealand-bred Janeian took command near the eighth pole and easily held off the challenge of favored Katdogawn to win the $100,000-added Royal Heroine (gr. IIIT) on the Hollywood Park turf Saturday.
Bare Necessities, the starting highweight at 119 pounds, will be favored in Sunday's $300,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Monmouth Park, but she will not have an easy time of it.
New York shipper Swingforthefences dug deep to prevail in a tough stretch battle by a half-length in Friday's $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows.
Godolphin's Refuse To Bend continued his return to prominence with an exciting victory in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I) at Sandown Park Saturday.
The long trip for Maryland-based filly He Loves Me paid off her connections with a late-surging victory in Friday night's $125,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows.
Mace and Samantha Siegel's stakes-winning 3-year-old Suave will be shipped to Hollywood Park for the $400,000 Swaps (gr. II) July 10, trainer Paul McGee said Friday.
Black Bart, a $16,000 claim who has earned $219,909 for his new connections in about six months, goes after his first graded victory on Sunday in Hollywood Park's $150,000 American Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
Churchill Downs' $100,000-added Debutante Stakes (gr. III) has the makings of a family affair. Siblings Greg and Vickie Foley will saddle two of the major contenders in Sunday's importantearly test for 2-year-old fillies.
Jockeys Ryan Fogelsonger and Joe Rocco, Jr. were taken to the Medical College of Virginia Friday night with unspecified injuries after a two-horse spill in the seventh race at Colonial Downs. The extent of their injuries was unknown, but both riders were alert and stabilized as they left the track.
Stronach Stable's Ghostzapper, absent for nine months since earning recognition as one of the nation's leading sprinters last year, returns to action Sunday in the $150,000 Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
Meteor Storm, the morning line favorite in a field of 12 entered for Saturday's $750,000 United Nations (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park, must overcome the extreme outside post.
Ballingarry, a 5-year-old horse who has earned more than $1.5 million in his career, returns to Arlington Park July 4 to defend his title in the $200,000 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/2 miles on the turf.
Royal Place, ridden by Gerry Olguin, surged to the lead in deep stretch Thursday to capture the $103,598 Lieutenant Governors' Handicap (Can-III) at Hastings Park by a neck, spoiling Lord Nelson's bid for his third straight win in the stakes race.
Gus Schickedanz's Mobil ran the race of his life and produced the most dominant performance by any horse at Woodbine this year when crushing six rivals in the $217,220 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) Thursday.
Stronach Stable's Royal Regalia shattered Woodbine's one mile E.P. Taylor Turf course record Thursday, covering the distance in 1:31.84.
Pohave, winner of the $150,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park on May 8, is the 116-pound top weight among 14 entered in the $300,000 Triple Bend Invitational Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at seven furlongs.
Headed by Japan's Dance in the Mood an international cast of fourteen 3-year-old fillies will contest Hollywood Park's third running of the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) at 1 1/4 miles on turf Saturday.
Meteor Storm and Hard Buck are the heavy hitters in Saturday's $750,000 United Nations (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park, but Better Talk Now is among several major stakes winners in the field that could easily be factors.
Robert and Beverly Lewis' Senor Swinger has never been defeated on Churchill Downs' Matt Winn Turf Course, but he faces his toughest test there Saturday in the $250,000-added Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT).
Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I), and Even The Score, winner of the 2004 Meryvn LeRoy Handicap and Californian (both gr. II), head a list of 12 nominations to the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) on July 10.
Jockey Edgar Prado rode five winners on Thursday afternoon's card at Belmont Park, including two huge payoffs and the late Pick 3.
One of just a few grade I sprints for 3-year-old fillies, Saturday's $250,000 Prioress Stakes at six furlongs at Belmont Park has drawn a big field of 12 runners seeking to become grade I winners.
Beginning July 5th, Thistledown will offer a 7% purse increase on $10,000 claiming races and above and a 5% purse increase on those races under $10,000. The purse increase is a direct effect of increased field size, export handle and record-breaking Triple Crown and Ohio Derby days, according to a release from the track.
Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, who just two weeks ago was beaten a head in the $500,000 MassCap (gr. II) at Suffolk Downs, has drawn the rail for Saturday's Suburban Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Grade I winner Perfect Drift leads a field of six in Saturday's $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III).
Ohio Derby (gr. III) winner Brass Hat will be on the sidelines until the fall following the discovery of an ankle injury believed to have been suffered during the June 12 race at Thistledown.
Roar of the Tiger, a full brother to European star Giant's Causeway, breezed a half-mile on Thursday at Churchill Downs as the 5-year-old took another positive step in his latest comeback from injury.
Sid Port's Toasted, who ships in from California, figures to be the slight choice Saturday in the $200,000 Arlington Classic (gr. IIT) at suburban Chicago's Arlington Park.
With the racing industry pointing toward the summer and fall classics, HorseRacing TV (HRTV) will debut a series of weekly features focusing on the leading contenders in racing's ultimate one-day spectacle, the Breeders' Cup. The new series will debut July 1.
Grade II winner Boston Common, who won or placed in 13 stakes since being claimed by Richard Englander for $50,000, was euthanized after suffering a condylar fracture in his right front leg.
Unbeaten Lunarpal is set for his bid to become the second horse to sweep Churchill Downs' three-race Spring Meet stakes series for 2-year-olds when he takes the gate in Monday's $100,000-added Bashford Manor (gr. III).
Darley Stable's Millennium Dragon, runner-up in the Manhattan (gr. IT) and Dixie (gr. IIT) Handicaps, is apparently out of consideration for Saturday's $250,000-added Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Greg Foley hopes to wrap up the 2004 Churchill Downs Spring Meet on a high note when he sends out Bakster Farm's unbeaten Sweet Miss El in the $100,000-added Debutante (gr. III) on Sunday.
Jockey Terry Thompson suffered a broken leg June 29 during a three-horse spill in the second race at Prairie Meadows.
Sagitta Ra and Amorama, the respective third- and fifth-place finishers in the Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap on June 5, were extended alternate invitations Tuesday to Saturdays $750,000 American Oaks (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Tapit had his first breeze Tuesday since withdrawing from the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), due to a recurrence of a lung ailment that has plagued him since the Florida Derby (gr. I).
Azeri, who bled in the recent Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I), bounced back with a blazing half-mile breeze in :45 3/5 at Churchill Downs Tuesday, the fastest of 46 works at the distance.
A field of 13 fillies and mares will line up for the fifth running of the $50,000 Buckland Stakes at Colonial Downs on Saturday. The Buckland is 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares.
The New York Racing Association June 28 unveiled the details of its 2004 Saratoga meet, a 36-day gathering with a heavy line-up of horses and top trainers but one that will operate under the watchful eye of a court-appointed monitor.
An anticipated speed duel between Noches De Rosa and Moscow Burning never materialized, but it hardly mattered to jockey Alex Solis and Light Jig. The Bobby Frankel-trained rising turf star came off the rail in upper stretch and rallied impressively for victory in the $200,000 Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at Hollywood Park.
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